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Man wanted after "old style" meth lab found in backpack

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Courtesy: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office are looking for a man wanted in connection with a meth lab found at a home Thursday.

Narcotics Investigators, following up on anonymous tips from neighbors, said they found a Red Phosphorous meth lab in a backpack at a home on the 1700 block of Fitzgerald-Stowe Lane.

That type lab is described as the "old style" of cooking methamphetamine. It is more in-depth and takes longer from start to finish because it requires so many steps to complete.  It is also more dangerous than the one pot method of producing meth because of toxic fumes that it emits, officials said.

The lab was located in a backpack for mobility and could easily be set up at another location as long as electricity was available. Sheriff's deputies stood guard over the unknown chemicals until early Friday morning when the SBI team came in to clean up.

Charles Montgomery Fitzgerald, 57, was charged with one felony count each of possessing methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, possess/distribute methamphetamine precursor chemical, and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fitzgerald had not been taken into custody as of 1 p.m. Monday.

Anyone with information about the incident or Fitzgerald's whereabouts should call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

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